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Gary Setzer selected as Provost Award recipient

School of Art professor Gary Setzer was selected as the recipient of the Provost Award for Innovation in Teaching. This award was established to acknowledge outstanding faculty whose teaching portfolios and instructional effectiveness merit special recognition.

Provost Liesl Folks told Setzer in a letter, “You were selected and recommended by the university committee because of your developing a “complete transformation” of the traditional Studio Foundations curriculum and launching a “nationally recognized model for pedagogical and curricular innovations” for the First Year Experience (FYE) program.

“I am incredibly impressed with your dedication and passion as a teacher and mentor. Your teaching accomplishments and leadership bring distinction to the University of Arizona.”

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Gary Setzer, Mesopotamia Megalomania, Performance Art, 2015

“The Foundations program is the cornerstone of just about every BFA Studio Art degree,” said Colin Blakely, director of the School of Art.

“In transforming the School of Art’s Foundations into our First Year Experience program, Gary literally broke the mold, and in so doing created a nationally acclaimed curriculum. What’s more, his innovations in the classroom are just as profound as those he has implemented at the curricular level. I’m am delighted to see him receive this well-deserved recognition.”

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Gary Setzer, Ineffable (I Did Not Know the Green), 2015, Performance Art

“I was both honored and surprised to receive this important recognition from the Provost,” said Setzer. “University awards like this inspire the faculty to keep doing what we’re doing.

“I would be remiss to not acknowledge my brilliant students, and the leadership of Director Blakely and Dean Schulz who both maintain an academic environment that encourages and enables faculty success,” he added. ‘Additionally, while he is no longer with us, I think it is important to recognize the former School of Art Director Dennis Jones, who mentored me through the process of developing the First Year Experience program.”

>> GarySetzer.com

Setzer began with the School of Art as an assistant professor in 2007, becoming a professor this year. His enthusiasm for his role as instructor continues to grow over the past 13 years.

“All students have an unbridled curiosity fueled by a fresh sense of urgency. It is my job as a professor to provide an environment conducive to that curiosity. I lead by example. If we are fully engaged as professors, our students will sense our involvement and trust our expectations. This sets the stage for their deep personal investment, which manifests both as a diligent work ethic and an empowered capacity for critical thinking.

“I uphold that if I’m teaching a studio course and I don’t leave the classroom exhausted then there’s a lot more that I could be doing for the students.”

An accomplished artist, his works have been included in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Next year, Setzer will be included in the 2021 Venice Biennale of Architecture in Italy, May 22 – Nov. 1.  For the Biennale, he is collaborating with Dan Majka—a conservation scientist and technologist for the Nature Conservancy.

He has performed, exhibited, and screened work in venues such as the Arsenale in Venice, the Today Art Museum in Beijing, the Ars Electronica Center in Austria, Tribeca Film Center, The National Art Center Tokyo, A4 Art Museum in Chengdu, The Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Mobile Museum of Art, Boston Center for the Arts, Tucson Museum of Art, and the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Setzer’s transdisciplinary practice incorporates performance art, video art, sound, sculpture, photography, and installation. Enlisting familiar landmarks like the body, the landscape, minimalism, and humor as entry points, Setzer lures his audience into his conceptual framework—a theoretical space centered on our compulsory entanglements with language.

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Gary Setzer, The Gallery Infrastructure Supports This Idea, 2019
Wood, India ink, and wax

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Arizona Arts

Congrats Sadie Shaw (BFA, 2019, Art & Visual Culture Education).

We are proud of you. Good luck with your new role.

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Arizona Alumni🌟 Please join us in welcoming Sadie Shaw to the Arts Foundation team as the Community Design Manager!

Sadie will lead SaludArte, a new private public partnership between Pima County Health Department (PCHD) and the Arts Foundation.

Sadie is an artist, art educator, oral historian, community organizer and Governing Board Member of the Tucson Unified School District.

To learn more about Sadie and her new role as the Community Design Manager, click the link below!

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Congrats Sadie Shaw (BFA, 2019,  Art & Visual Culture Education). 

We are proud of you. Good luck with your new role.

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The world premiere of LUTE, an inspiring documentary of the legendary The University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, is this Friday at 5:30p at Centennial Hall.

Relive the 1997 NCAA title run on its 25th anniversary!

Directed by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television alumnus Brett Rapkin (BA 2000).

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Presented by Podium Pictures, in association with CBS Sports, this definitive documentary by Emmy Award-winning Director Brett Rapkin celebrates the legendary Coach Lute Olson on the 25th Anniversary of the 1997 National Championship.

“Not long after I showed up in Tucson as a 17-year-old freshman, I got to witness Lute lead the 1997 Cats to the promised land: a National Championship,” said Rapkin, who studied film at TFTV. “It is truly an honor to have the chance to help tell this story.”

“I’m thrilled to be a member of the team making a film celebrating Coach O’s life and legacy,” said Jason Terry, executive producer and member of the 1997 championship team. “This is also a special opportunity to allow the coaches, fans, players and families that he inspired along the way to tell their own stories.”

#lute #BearDown #RiseWithUs

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The world premiere of LUTE, an inspiring documentary of the legendary The University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, is this Friday at 5:30p at Centennial Hall.

Relive the 1997 NCAA title run on its 25th anniversary!

Directed by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television alumnus Brett Rapkin (BA 2000).
 
https://azart.fyi/LUTEtix
 
Presented by Podium Pictures, in association with CBS Sports, this definitive documentary by Emmy Award-winning Director Brett Rapkin celebrates the legendary Coach Lute Olson on the 25th Anniversary of the 1997 National Championship.
 
“Not long after I showed up in Tucson as a 17-year-old freshman, I got to witness Lute lead the 1997 Cats to the promised land: a National Championship,” said Rapkin, who studied film at TFTV. “It is truly an honor to have the chance to help tell this story.”
 
“I’m thrilled to be a member of the team making a film celebrating Coach O’s life and legacy,” said Jason Terry, executive producer and member of the 1997 championship team. “This is also a special opportunity to allow the coaches, fans, players and families that he inspired along the way to tell their own stories.”

#lute #BearDown #RiseWithUs

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Five students were selected as the inaugural JustArts Fellows, an Arizona Arts equity initiative to advance diversity and inclusion in the arts by asking student leaders to identify challenges and propose creative solutions.

🔗 azart.fyi/JustArts22

The inaugural cohort includes:

Dylan Crites
>> UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Carlos Garcia Ramirez
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Dorthea Stephenson
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Ariana Aquino
>> The University of Arizona School of Dance
Joshua Barbre
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
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Five students were selected as the inaugural JustArts Fellows, an Arizona Arts equity initiative to advance diversity and inclusion in the arts by asking student leaders to identify challenges and propose creative solutions. 

🔗 https://azart.fyi/JustArts22

The inaugural cohort includes: 

Dylan Crites
>> UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Carlos Garcia Ramirez
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Dorthea Stephenson
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Ariana Aquino
>> The University of Arizona School of Dance
Joshua Barbre
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
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